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Discusses lives and bequests of James Hamilton, Simeon Habel, Jerome Henry Kidder, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas George Hodgkins and Robert Stanton Avery.


  • Avery, Robert Stanton
  • Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922
  • Habel, Simeon
  • Hamilton, James
  • Hodgkins, Thomas George
  • Kidder, Jerome
  • Hodgkins Fund and Medal


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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The Smithsonian, 1846-1896, The History of its First Half Century (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Benefactors
  • SI, Early History
  • Gifts
  • National Collections

Physical description

pp. 235-246

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